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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 5, 2011 1:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Historical TDIH

I've always been of the opinion that the whole "76 sluggishness" thing is an exaggeration. It's both true and false. Playin' can be a good example of it being true, and the earliest Help>Slip>Franklin's were rather slow. But think about tunes like Eyes, which became lightning fast in 76, as did Let it Grow, which was sometimes played a little TOO fast. And while it's the most prime example of Disco Dead next to Shakedown Street, the reworked take on Dancin' has a pretty speedy tempo to it. It almost goes back to a 1967 feel when compared to the versions of 1970 and such.

Either way I absolutely love 1976. June is one of my favorite times of year for GD listening, it begins with a month where one can regularly revisit TDIH shows from both 1974 and 1976, which can be somewhat jarring in a sense but at the same time there are a lot of moments where you really hear a band with one foot in 1974/75 and the other in 1976/77. Reminds me of that great review in Deadbase about 12/31/76, and how the Samson wasn't 12/31/76, but 1/1/77. That's something that would only make sense to a Deadhead.

This post was modified by Jim F on 2011-06-05 08:42:27